The US version of The Bachelorette has just announced Rachel Lindsay will star as the leading lady of the upcoming 13th Season.
Lindsay, 31, who appeared on The US Bachelor‘s most recent season, was always considered a fan favourite despite not ultimately winning her suitor’s heart.
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News of Lindsay’s pick has flooded social media with praise for the series as it marks the first time an African American person has been chosen for the leading role.
Lindsay, who is a lawyer from Dallas, Texas, told Good Morning America she was comfortable with making history as the first African American chosen to lead.
“I don’t feel added pressure. I’m honored to have this opportunity and to represent myself as an African American woman,” she said.
This week’s television podcast discussed how choosing Lindsay broke away from the franchise’s very white history.
“After 15 very long years, The Bachelorette has finally given us a diverse leading lady,” she said.
Host Tiffany spoke about how the lawyer came across during her time in The Bachelor season.
“It’s Rachel Lindsay and she’s going to be fantastic on the show. I think she’s going to bring so much to the franchise because she’s so much more than just her race or her skin colour,” she said.
“She’s smart, she’s funny and she’s not afraid to call a spade a spade.”